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DL Babe Ruth starts season 3-3

The Detroit Lakes Essentia Health Babe Ruth baseball team has started the 2013 season with an even 3-3 record.

The season started with a 7-1 loss to Breckenridge June 3, as Matt Haine took the defeat, but pitched well.

“The team was still moving players from team to team,” said DL head coach Mike Even.

The Essentia Health team hosted Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and lost 10-0 after the visitors scored all their runs in the first inning. Kavon Schumacher pitched a scoreless last four innings.

A road game at Lake Park-Audubon produced an 8-5 victory, as Matthew Bergren went the distance for the win. Malcolm Bradbury had a key two-run double in the win.

A heartbreaking 8-7 loss to Fergus Falls in eight innings occurred, after DL held a 6-1 lead heading into the sixth frame.

The Vipers rallied back for the win.

“Kavon again pitched very well, but we had a couple of mistakes in the last two frames,” Even said.

An offensive explosion highlighted DL’s 17-10 win over visiting Barnesville, as Essentia scored nine in the first inning, but fell behind 10-9 in the third.

Kai McLeod had three hits, while Bradbury, Korey Hanson, Bergren and Jacob Itzen each had two hits.

DL traveled to Hawley and won 15-1, behind Schumacher’s pitching and solid hitting by the entire team.

“Overall, so far so good,” Even said. “The young players like McLeod and Tucker Bergquist have been getting on and scoring runs.

“Other players who have done well include Chase Metelak, who has control of the outfield in center, along with Mason Wentz in left or right.”

Even included Chase Morris, Schumacher, Austin LaFrinier, Bergquist and Bradbury as being consistent and solid at the plate.

Next up For the Essentia Health squad is a home game against Hawley Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m.